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it is going to be, and if it hits us what kind of damage is it likely to do? >> well that's what nasa scientists are really going to be watching on this pass. next month on the 15th, this asteroid is going to swing just 17,000 miles away from earth at much lower than the navigation satellites and, that we use every day for tour phones and our gps. now it is not going to hit this time around, but such a close encounter of a rock this big, something like, 40 meters, meters wide, 50 meters wide, they haven't had this kind of a close encounter of a rock this size before. nasa will be watching it. scientists and astronomers will be tracking after it swings by to see how this close fly-by will change the orbit when it does come around again. martha: in your terms, these things happen, you know, every thousands of years, several thousands years. when was the last time something like this did actually make contact and what was the impact? >> well to give you some asteroid is about the same size as the rock that exploded over siberia in 1908. that event that leveled00 of square miles of land,
and wreath laying. members of the family, friends and nasa officials were on hand. i had an opportunity to sit down and talk with commander rick husband's widow. the past ten years have been anything but easy. ". >> reporter: "colombia" was 200,000 feet up when the spacecraft began to fall apart. unknown to nasa and the team, the shuttle had been damaged. a chunk of foam had come off in liftoff and punctured the wing. at the command center, rick husband's widow was thinking the worse. >> i was thinking is that it? is that the end of rick's life. >> reporter: seven sastronauts died that morning leaving behind family and friends. in an instance, she was a single mom with two young children, and without rick, it was hard. >> god created families to have a mom and dad. and so when rick left, he was a great dad. an amazing man. it was challenging to raise them as a single mom. >> reporter: there has been healing evelyn says, but it is not done. >> it is a lifelong process. i don't think that pain ever completely goes away, and perhaps the greatest memorial to "colombia" sits across the water
. >> you too. >>> one of the worst days in nasa history took place ten years ago today. it was on this date in 2003 that the space shuttle "columbia" broke up over texas during reentry. all seven astronauts were killed because unknown to them debris hit the shuttle wing during the launch. this morning, nasa pays tribute to the crew of "columbia" along with those killed in the "challenger" explosion and in a fire during an "apollo 1" test. a wreath is being placed at the memorial at the kennedy space center in florida. >>> the man who says he presented to be manti te'o's girlfriend is speaking out. why he decided to kill off the persona he created. he says it was partly because he was in love with te'o. >> me, ronaiah, i was hurting. it hit me like a brick wall. i was like, whoa, i've given so much to this. and i realized in that moment i poured so much into it that i, myself, wasn't getting nothing. and look at what i was left with. i was crying that morning, i was hurt, emotionally, all kinds of things took over. and so right then and there, i made the decision i can't do this thing anymor
in florida. seven astronauts were killed minutes before they were set to arrive home. today nasa is honoring their memory and lives lost in previous missions in a day of remembrance. dr. steve harrigan is live at cape canaveral. >> a solemn day at the complex. a sense of remembering and sense of gratitude for those that gave their life in space exploration. three of the major tragedies in nasa occurring in different years but on in the same week beginning in 1967 with apollo one a fire claim the lives of three astronauts including gus grissom. then in 1986 the space shuttle challenger exploding after 73 seconds in flight. of course on board the challenger was the first teacher in space. it was later found that a faulty seal around a booster rocket was responsible for that crash. finally ten years ago today, this time it was the space shuttle columbia after a selling 16-day mission. that orbiter coming apart minutes away from home. some of the family members of the seven crew members here today to mark that with remembrance and gratitude trying to push the envelope. back to you. >> alisyn: i
. >> nasa marked three of the worst tragedies today. each occurring in the same winter week. in 1967, fire on the launch pad killed three astronauts on board apollo 1. including gus grisham, member of the original mercury program. in 1986, the shuttle acc challenger exploded killing all seven on board, including the first teacher in space. the tragedy witnessed by school children shook the nation. >> i know it's hard to understand that sometimes painful things like this happen. it's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. it's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. the future doesn't belong to the faint-hearted. it belongs to the brave. >> finally in 2003, minutes from landing, the space shuttle columbia broke apart on reentry, again killing all seven on board, israeli the first israeli to fly in space. it was later determined piece of foam broke off in launch and damaged a wing. causing the orbiter to break up in the reentry. those seven astronauts were mothers and father who left behind 12 children, among whole became fighter pilot, marine captain and sem
for private citizens are being planned as early as next year. they are teaming up with nasa taking advantage of the open playing field and shared technology. >> regardless whatever reasons nasa has to attract and offer an entree to the private sector to come in and work with them, whatever those reasons are we don't really care. all we know is that the opportunities are here. >> reporter: opportunities that include expanding space programs for other countries. as the industry grows, competition will undoubtedly drive costs down. that presents other problems such as health concerns and government regulations. >> right now the faa only has regulatory authority for launches and reentries of commercial spaceflight. they can't regulate currently on-orbit activities. >> reporter: no doubt that the demand is there. virgin galactic has 500 people booked with deposits of 20,000 each to go into orbit. >> thank you, everybody. >> reporter: we know nasa headquarters both in houston and in florida. the private space race is really all over thewith the span new mexico and here in mojave in california. the
in various countries around the world. today, nasa wants you to look to the skies and remember that our attempt to conquer space, while wondrous and limitless, has caught this country 24 space pioneers. >> pilot william mccool, and mission specialist michael anderson. >> it was ten years ago today the nation lost seven of them when "columbia" broke apart during re-entry. in 1986, another seven astronauts died when "the challenger" space shuttle exploded after takeoff. and back in 1967, three astronauts died while training for the apollo one mission. a fire ignited inside a command module during the training. so today, nasa held a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the fallen, which also includes seven astronauts and test pilots who died in training. ♪ >> today is the day of remembrance. we remember the astronauts who took the daring step of accepting the challenge of space flight. and for the "columbia" crew, their mission was a fulfillment of their dreams. to have an adventure. >> the sorrow and impact of the tragedy of all of our families has been extreme. but just as a forest fire
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